Senior Software Engineer, Backend

Engineering – Gateway /
Full-time /
Are you ready to power the World's connections?

If you don’t think you meet all of the criteria below but are still interested in the job, please apply.  Nobody checks every box - we’re looking for candidates that are particularly strong in a few areas, and have some interest and capabilities in others.

About the role:

Design, develop, and maintain microservices that power Kong Konnect, the Service Connectivity Platform. Working closely with Product Management and teams across Engineering, you will develop software that has a direct impact on our customers' business and Kong's success.

Why should you want to work at Kong?  

Market Opportunity - We are on a quest to build a $10b+ software company over the next few years and need YOUR help!
Why APIs Matter? APIs have been enabling innovation for decades!
Strong VC team, Series D, strong year over year revenue growth!

Technical Leadership - We are recognized as the leader in innovation in the connectivity space.
Marco, our CTO/co-founder - “We are the Cisco of L4 and L7” - CUBE Conversation, March 2021
We are the leading innovator in the connectivity space!

Amazing Team & Culture - Come be a "Konger" and find out what we mean.
Great Place to Work Certified in 2020 & 2021
Kong employees exemplify our culture at our 2022 Sales Kickoff
2022 Forbes Cloud 100 Honoree

Building Great Products - Learn why the world's largest companies love our tech!
Kong Named in the Leaders Quadrant of the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for API Management for the Fourth Consecutive Year
Over 250m+ downloads of our open source API gateway!  Over 40k+ stars on Github between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!

What you'll do:

    • Implement and maintain services that power Konnect, mainly focus on the Gateway observability and diagnosability backend services
    • Contribute to Kong's Cloud and Enterprise services
    • Design and implement solutions to technical problems of moderate complexity
    • Support those services in production by participating in an on-call rotation
    • Write automated tests to ensure behavior of code and avoid regressions
    • Collaborate with Kong Manager team, performance team and platform team to facilitate end-to-end delivery of new features

What you'll bring:

    • 5+ years working in a team to develop, deliver, and maintain complex software solutions
    • Expert understanding of Go programming language and experience in working on large scale Go codebase
    • Experience designing, prototyping, building and debugging microservices architectures and distributed systems
    • Experience baking in monitoring and observability into the code for availability, resilience and performance of the code
    • Experience with object storage like S3 as well as streaming systems like Kafka
    • Expertise in designing and writing APIs, and a firm grasp of API lifecycle management
    • Experience developing and supporting a large scale SaaS platform; with working knowledge of containerization and Kubernetes
    • Experience with public cloud providers like AWS, GCP or Azure
    • Expertise with data modeling in relational databases and no-SQL databases
    • Understanding of and development with git and Github workflows
    • Expertise in test-driven development and automated testing
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Bonus Points:

    • Deep experience with Go; effective go standards
    • Experience with NGINX/OpenResty/Kong/LuaJIT
    • Experience with Datadog/OpenTelemetry
    • Experience contributing to Open Source Software projects
    • Experience with working or developing L4/L7 proxies such as Nginx, HA-proxy, Envoy, or others
    • Experience with hybrid deployments and compatibility between schemas across versions
What is a Konger? 

We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today’s developers build tomorrow’s technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services. 

We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we’re relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That’s why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications. 

We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That’s why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform. 

We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we’re looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.

Kong Core Values: 

We are CUSTOMER CHAMPIONS. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything we do. We are all empowered to make an impact.

We are OWNERS. We are drivers, not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.

We are UNSTOPPABLE. We work with purpose, obsession, and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things builds muscle.

We are REAL. We are genuine, principled, and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments.

We Are ACCELERATORS. We prioritize speed, iteration, and results.

We are GLOBAL. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger.

We are EXPLORERS. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way.

About Kong: 

Kong is THE cloud native API platform with the fastest, most adopted API gateway in the world (over 300m downloads!). Loved by developers and trusted with enterprises’ most critical traffic volumes, Kong helps startups and Fortune 500 companies build with confidence – allowing them to bring solutions to market faster with API and service connectivity that scales easily and securely. 

83% of web traffic today is API calls!  APIs are the connective tissue of the cloud and the underlying technology that allows software to talk and interact with one another.  Therefore, we believe that APIs act as the nervous system of the cloud.  Our audacious mission is to build the nervous system that will safely and reliably connect all of humankind!  

For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.